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Moody keen to captain country

Lewis Moody is convinced he has the credentials to captain England into the 2011 Rugby World Cup - but he is still in the dark over his future in the job.

The 32-year-old took over the leadership reins from Steve Borthwick at the end of last season and became only the second England captain to lead his country to a Test win in Australia. Moody was inspirational as England drew the two-Test series with a dramatic 21-20 victory over the Wallabies in Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

The new Bath flanker would relish the chance to lead England into their ferocious autumn campaign against New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and South Africa. And asked whether he had proven himself during the tour, Moody said: "Yeah, I feel I can do it."

He added: "I feel confident that in the three games I have captained England, I have grown in experience each time and I will keep doing that if I am given the opportunity.

"I absolutely loved the job on the summer tour. It was a new experience doing it for that period of time, through the rollercoaster of losing the first Test and winning the second Test, which was incredible.

"As it was a longer period of time you take a lot more responsibility on your shoulders and you take it more personally.

"It was certainly an experience for me, taking on all that pressure and responsibility for the team over a few weeks. If you are asked to be captain, perhaps that's the way it should be.

"You are always learning, no matter how old you are and I enjoyed that experience as captain.

"I feel very honoured and privileged that I was given that task - in the summer and for the France game - that I could do it and that we could take a win in Australia for only the third time.

"It gave me a lot of confidence that I can do it. So if I was asked to do it again I would jump at the chance."


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